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Thanks to the generosity and vision of the late John Drescher, Santa Monica College is the home to a computerized planetarium theater. At its heart is the Evans & Sutherland Digistar II planetarium projector, which was the first of its kind on the West Coast. Using digital technology, audiences can fly beyond the solar system and soar among the stars. We can transport you across our galaxy to the limits of spacetime. 

Planetarium this week

New free, live, virtual public shows!

Watch this space for more information.

Zoom link for May Friday Night Public Programs

Zoom link for June Friday evening public shows ONLY. Use other link for May...

NOTE:  Check below for 8 p.m. Feature Show information

Invitation links to the live online events are generally posted the Thursday before. These programs are only available LIVE on Friday evenings, and on the occasional Matinee dates, normally Sundays. Clicking on the Zoom links at other times will not work.

Please scroll down beyond the calendar for notes on upcoming 8:00 programs

We also look forward to the expanded capabilities of the new planetarium SMC is building for opening in Fall 2024.

Jim Mahon
Senior Planetarium Lecturer

Upcoming Planetarium Shows

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Shows are presented live online until further notice.
Jun 3
The Night Sky Show

The Night Sky Show

7 p.m. - 8 p.m. Online
Jun 10
The Night Sky Show

The Night Sky Show

7 p.m. - 8 p.m. Online

Comet NEOWISE over Mount Shasta

Weekly Night Sky Show

The Night Sky programs will last roughly 30 - 40 minutes, followed by a short question and answer period where guests can type questions into a chat box and we will answer as many questions as possible. There will be a short intermission at approximately 7:50 prior to the start of the Feature program at 8 p.m.

Feature Programs, April

Note that all 8 p.m. feature programs are preceded by the 7 p.m. “Night Sky” program described above.

Currently all presentations are online ONLY. 

May 20: "We Love Lucy"

No Programs May 27th - Happy Memorial Day weekend!

June 3: "Solar System Survey with NASA's Eyes"

June 10: "Commercial Human Spaceflight Update"

June 17: "Peregrine: A New Lunar Lander Program on a New Booster"

June 24: "Starship Status"  

Location of Planetarium (Currently closed)

Drescher Hall, 2nd Floor
1900 Pico Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90405
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The Drescher Planetarium is located in the middle of the second floor of Drescher Hall on the north side of the Santa Monica College campus. Drescher Hall is the three story brown building on the South East corner of Pico Blvd. and 17th Street. We are in Santa Monica, south of the 10 (Santa Monica) Freeway and west of the 405 (San Diego) Freeway.